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Send email through JCL - Mainframe with an attachment

Updated on November 12, 2013

In our previous tutorial we have learned how to send an email from mainframe JCL. This part of the tutorial explains how we can send an email with an attachment from mainframe with JCL code.

IBM utility IEBGENER is used to send an email from JCL. The following code explains how we can send an email with an attachment

Example Code












//********** END OF JOB**************************************

In the above code we can observe that there are three files. Let us see what information these files contains

Contents of File1: EMAIL.HDR.INFO

This file contains the following code

HELLO mailserver







SUBJECT: Status Report






Hello All,

Please find the status report attached

Thanks & Regards,

Mainframe Team.

Contents of file1 EMAIL.HDR.INFO

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Contents of File1 EMAIL.HDR.INFO continued

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Contents of file2 EMAIL.ATTACH.INFO

This file contains the following code, which tells that what is the file name that should go an attachment along with the mail.




Contents of file2 EMAIL.ATTATCH.INFO

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Contents of File3: EMAIL.FILE.CONTENT

This file contains the data which will be sent as an attachment(stuts-report.csv file).

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In the above file we can observe that fields are separated with comma. For to send the content of any file as a .csv(comma separated values) attachment the fields in the file should be separated with comma.

Want to know how to send a simple email from mainframe (with out attachments) click on the below link

send an email from mainframe

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.


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      Francis Guarnes 

      2 years ago

      Hi Nagesh,

      Limitation - The maximum rec length allowed for attachment is 998. The only way to send your 2000 byte records is via FTP or SFTP. Thank you.


    • yaswanthk profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Nagesh,

      Have you checked the record format of your files ? . Record format of all the files you coded at SYSUT1 should be same.

      Please share the JCL, which you tried for sending an email. and also the run details of your job.

      Thank you

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      Nagesh Kajjam 

      5 years ago

      I tried but it's not working for me. Any idea ?

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      6 years ago

      I tried above works correct when file length is 80 bytes...when I tried content file length around 2000 bytes, it didn't work...the other 2 files length including SYSUT2 were also 2000 bytes.


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